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Determined to Graduate: 'You’re Going to See Me on That Stage'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma. 

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School Counselor Relies on Message That Worked for Him

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A counselor for high school students with attendance issues says he hammers his message home, again and again: "This is something you can change. So get on your grind and go hard. You’re here for a second chance."

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Tackling the High School Dropout Crisis, One Smoke Break at a Time

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cigarettes. Long showers. Deli runs. Teens can come up with a lot of reasons why they can't make it to class. At this Brooklyn high school, the staff is on the move, making sure the students stay—and graduate.

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Students Take the Floor in Q&A with School Leaders

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

NYC students representing a wide range of high schools voiced their questions and concerns about the school system straight to people in charge at a WNYC/SchoolBook live event. 

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How Principal Turnover Affects High School Graduation Rates

Monday, June 02, 2014

Does stability in school leadership lead to higher graduation rates? For students at New York City public high schools that may the case, according to a WNYC/SchoolBook analysis of city data.

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Cell Phones in Schools: Lessons from the Front Line

Monday, May 19, 2014

New York City school kids aren't allowed to bring their phones to class. But at one Brooklyn high school, teachers are playing by their own rules.

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How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

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How a Brooklyn School Steers Teens from Absent to Graduate

Friday, March 21, 2014

High school students who are chronically absent can get another chance. WNYC's The Takeaway explores how intensive social-emotional supports at one NYC high school pay off for many students who might otherwise drop out.

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Opinion: No Sympathy Needed. My School is One of the Good Ones

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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"Just because our students are older and have dropped or transferred out of traditional schools does not mean they are inherently difficult," wrote a teacher. "At least not more than any other adolescent."

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How Paid Work Keeps Students in School

Monday, March 03, 2014

It may be walking the beat as a auxiliary police officer, or working at a car dealership. Some students find working in "real" jobs that interest them, and getting paid, makes high school worthwhile.

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Tougher Regents Squeeze Students Struggling to Graduate

Friday, January 31, 2014

Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.

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Linking School to 'College and Career' Motivates At-Risk Students

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A high school diploma is only the beginning of what my students need to secure a better future. As the principal of a transfer high school, I am a strong believer in job training and college experience for my kids while they are still in high school.

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The West Brooklyn Way: Getting In is Just the Beginning

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To enroll at West Brooklyn Community High School, students must buy in to a certain level of support and counseling. In exchange, the school promises to keep them on track to graduate, no small feat for those who have struggled in at least one high school before this one.

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For Some Students, Just Showing Up = Success

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Educators at one Brooklyn high school focus on getting their at-risk students across the threshold of the building. Sounds simple, right? Think again. In the first of a series called Educating on the Edge, we see that tracking attendance here involves a lot more than roll call.            

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Summer Snapshot From Sunset Park

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A summer day in one Brooklyn neighborhood. Part-time classes, short-term jobs, handball and the Olympics.

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Speaking of City School Graduations . . .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A handful of New York City public schools have netted some famous keynote speakers for their graduation ceremonies, including Steve Madden, the shoe designer, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” the Department of Education announced Wednesday. Here's the list.

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